Former Cirencester nurse, Mary Fatmata Sesay, at centre of investigation after evacuating patient's bowels without consent
A CIRENCESTER nurse, who manually evacuated a patient’s bowels despite his cries for her to stop, was at the centre of a serious investigation last week.
At a hearing in London last week, it was proved that, Mary Fatmata Sesay, a former nurse at Cirencester Hospital, had acted in a seriously questionable manner.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council also found that Sesay had not recorded that the patient had lost consciousness following her forced bowel evacuation.
The trial, which took place between October 7 and October 11, heard evidence from three nurses at Cirencester Hospital.
It was heard that on September 2, 2011 Sesay was called to help a patient who was having difficulty opening his bowels.
Sesay informed the patient that she would examine his bottom to which he shouted “no” and “stop”.
The other nurses on duty saw Sesay with her fingers inside the patient’s anus trying to remove the faeces despite the patient shouting in pain for her to stop.
Sesay’s surgical glove was found to be covered in blood, faeces and mucus following her forced evacuation.
However, Sesay dismissed the nurses’ evidence and claimed that she never internally entered the patient and had asked for his consent before anything happened.
The patient, who had a history of heart problems, was also said to have become unresponsive immediately after the evacuation with nurses fearing that he had suffered a heart attack.
Nearby nurses explained that Sesay stood there looking vacant as the patient turned grey and didn’t respond to touch or sound.
Sesay told the trial that at no point was he unconscious and that his colour returned once he was given oxygen.
The panel found that Sesay had broken the Code of Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives by not treating the patient in a dignified way, by not gaining consent before treatment and by not upholding the reputation of the profession.
She was given a condition of practice order for 12 months, meaning she is still permitted to work as a nurse but must adhere to a number of strict guidelines.
Liz Fenton, director of nursing for Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said: “It goes without saying that we expect all staff to treat patients in our care with respect, dignity and compassion and poor care will not be tolerated in any form.
“I commend our staff who have had the courage to raise their concerns, which enabled us to carry out a detailed local investigation and escalate the issues raised to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.”